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Help! 3 weeks post extraction pain...



Junior member
Jan 13, 2013
I have posted a couple times since getting my lower wisdom tooth out 3 weeks ago. It was fully erupted, and came out quickly, soon after I noticed a hard, tender white bump on the tongue side next to the extraction site. The oral surgeon told me to hang in there that it should get better in a few weeks. He said it is the lingual plate, that is sticking out due to the tooth socket being empty without the tooth there, and more often than not, it should go back to the way it was. My problem is, the discomfort is now turning into pain, and I am pretty miserable. The bone is tiny, not protruding through the gum, but you can see it through the gum tissue. Any suggestions on what I should do? I plan on seeing him Monday, but am wondering if anyone else had a similar experience? By the way, I happen to be a complete dental phobe!
Thanks for any help.


Staff member
Verified dentist
Oct 25, 2005
These things are called boney spicules and they're a real nuisance. Normally they work their own way out without too much drama, but if you're seeing the dentist tomorrow they can sort it for you.